Joseph B. Sprung
Founder and Chairman of 30 Second Pitch™ and President and Founder of JBS Financial Services which provides investment banking and Venture Capital services along with an array of other consulting services.
Current Managing Partner, along with his son Chris, of NorthStar Guidance LLC, a Venture Capital enterprise. Former board member of Koch Industries Inc. and integral part of all Koch related investment and public affairs.
Number one ranked retail and retail tech analyst for 10 years. Currently, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology. Involved with early stage investing through the Hong Kong Business Angels Network (HKBAN) and Golden Seeds, and an advisor to many early stage companies including Eventable, Fashwire, NanoPay, RetailNext, Rubin Singer, and Trivver.
Owner and Principal of Debra Holstein Innovate where she is a consultant for trend, new product innovations and brand vision. She has conducted numerous trend reports, new product explorations and strategic branding assignments for such companies as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Avon, Nabisco, Kraft, Pepperidge Farm, Haagen-Dazs, Bertolli and Skippy. Debra is also the Founder of The 4:00 Cookie.
John H. Hunt
Currently, Managing Director of Golden Seeds and angel investor in women owned/operated start-ups. Formerly CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management Institutional Americas. Held senior management positions at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays Capital. Investor and advisor to start-ups, private equity, and asset managers. Founder JHH Investment Advisors.
Dr. Marcy Borofsky, is a serial health care entrepreneur founder, CEO and executive of multiple healthcare companies. Currently she serves as Executive Vice Chairman and Board Member of Smile America Partners, a company she founded which is now a Morgan Stanley Private Equity Portfolio Company.
Built the largest and most profitable global organization at Morgan Stanley and was a perennial top 3 on Barron’s worldwide list of largest money managers. Current managing member of Coleman Ventures, a Venture Capital and investment company.
David M. Smick
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Smick International. Author and Advisor to the world’s most successful investors and traders. Founder of the Center for the Study of the International Economy, a worldwide publication and education center for world leaders in international commerce and politics.
Manuel H. Johnson
Ex vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Co-Chairman of Johnson Smick Group and advisor to the world’s largest investors and traders. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of some of the largest financial and investment banking institutions in the world.
J. Robinson West
Founder and past Chairman of PFC Energy which advised chief executives of leading oil and gas companies. Currently Managing Partner of Warrior Ventures LLC, an investment banking and consulting enterprise.
Partner at Daversa Partners and has been critical in building teams at top tier Venture Capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins, Andreesen Horowitz, Highland Capital, General Catalyst, and NEA.
Dr. Edmund Phelps
Nobel Laureate in Economics in 2006 and Director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. Currently the Director of New Huadu Business School in China, which facilitates an avenue to the Asian Venture Capital markets.